Eating pie all day can appear unseemly. Folks might look at you in the office kitchen a bit sideways if you’re always fork deep in a pie tin. Thankfully, bakers understand your plight. That’s why we have hand pies and Australian meat pies (see Pie Hole). And thanks to a new trend, which is not just taking the City of Fountains by storm, we can add galettes to our secret quest to eat pie all day (that is a shared quest, right?).
Galettes are free formed pastries, think of them as an open-topped pie or less orderly tart. The dough is flat, before it’s folded around the filling (without a pie tin or pan). They can be sweet or savory. And they’re perfect for summer because they are a vehicle for shoving lots of ripe fruit in your pie hole. Just a note, this list will expand to five local galettes, when Bizou — the French galette and crepe food truck gets back on the road. They announced this week that they’re waiting for cooler weather to get rolling again. But whenever they do and you see the words, ‘cheese’ and ‘galette,’ together, you know what to do.
4. Apricot Galette — 1900 Barker Bakery & Cafe (1900 Barker Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas). The month-old bread and coffee shop in Lawrence (read more here) has serving up apricot galettes lately (alongside peach cream), in addition to launching lunch foccaccia (think tomato and gorgonzola) this week. They’re open from Wednesday through Saturday (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
3. Tomato Galette — Heirloom Bakery & Hearth (401 East 63rd Street). The East Brookside bakery cracked out an heirloom tomato, mozzarella and basil flower galette this week. Think of it as a killer breakfast pizza and then be sure to sneak out anything that comes with blackberries on top.
2. Apple Galette — Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott (320 Ward Parkway). Flaky crust. Sweet filling. Galettes are like the best parts of cinnamon rolls and danish — all filling, all the time. This one’s a doozy. They’re not a regular menu item, so call ahead to find out about availability.
1. Vegetarian Galette — You Say Tomato (2801 Holmes). You won’t miss meat. You’ll just miss this galette when it’s gone. They do wonders with tomatoes and cheese is a popular option (everything from Swiss to mozzarella). The galettes are a mainstay of the rotating lunch specials with good reason.[Images via Facebook: Heirloom, 1900 Barker]